FAQ

650 Xtreme Volleyball Club offers the services listed below.  We cannot guarantee the exact dates of each event until the date gets closer because we have to confirm gym and coach availability.  If you are interested in participating, please check our website often for updates or contact us and we will put you on our mailing list to notify you when there are updates.

How do I join a club team?

I have little or no experience; can I still make a team?

What is the difference among Power League, Premier (Area) League and Non-League?

What is a Special tournament?

What is your policy regarding playing time?

I have other commitments, how does this affect me?

How often are practices?

Where are your practice locations?

What are your club fees? 

What is included with the club fee?

Are there any other fees? 

What is the NCVA?

How long are the seasons and when do they start and end?

What are the Junior National Championships and how does a team get there?

What is the Xtreme Juniors Program? 


How do I join a club team? 

You must attend the tryout(s) and receive an invitation to play on a team.   Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) established the first weekend in November as the earliest allowable dates that tryouts can be held.

I have little or no experience; can I still make a team?  

Yes.  There is no magic formula for making a team.  The criteria or standards may shift slightly year by year depending on the overall level of the players who tryout.  In general, you do need some experience if you are trying out for one of our older teams, but many of the players who are playing for us now started on younger teams and had little or no experience prior to playing club volleyball.  If you love to play and are willing to work hard and learn, then we will do our best to find a place for you in our club.

What is the difference among Power League, Premier (Area) League and Non-League?  

Power League comprises a series of seven days of tournament plays; a two-day qualifier, three league tournaments, and a two-day end-of-season Regional Championships.  Points are awarded based on your team's performance in each tournament, and a running total is maintained for the entire season.  For each tournament, the top 12 teams based on their finish in the previous tournament play together in the Gold division, then the second 12 in the Silver division, and so on.  Because teams are grouped based on performance, there is usually more travel involved since some teams in each division may be farther away geographically, so the NCVA tries to make it as equitable for everyone as possible.  Many times, Power League tournaments will require one to three hour travel by car.

Premier (Area) League comprises a series of seven days of tournament plays; a one-day qualifier, four league tournaments, and a two-day end-of-season Regional Championships.  Points are awarded for your team's performance in each tournament, and a running total is kept for the entire season.  The main difference between Premier (Area) League and Power League is that teams are grouped based on geographical preference, not by performance.  This means that while Power League teams might see the same teams several times because of similar skill level, Premier (Area) League teams might see each other multiple times based on geographical proximity, regardless of skill level.  In general, Premier (Area) League tournaments will not require more than 90 minutes of travel by car.

Non-League tournaments may contain any combination of Power, Premier (Area), and Developmental teams.  There’s no consistent pattern of participating teams.  This is usually an extra court time for club teams to workout their team’s kink prior to their league tournament.

What is a Special tournament? 

Special tournaments are usually two- or three-day tournaments where a mix of all types of teams (Power and Premier/Area/Hybrid) as well as teams from outside the NCVA region and even outside the country may choose to participate.  These tournaments are usually held to coincide with a long weekend (for example, President's Day Tournament on President's Day weekend, or Bay View Classic on Memorial Day weekend) and are generally highly competitive.  Many teams play because they get an opportunity to play against very good teams from their own region or from other regions or other countries.

What is your policy regarding playing time?  

Our teams are competitive yet our goal is to ensure all players have an opportunity to experience playing time producing a successful result in a match.  The coaches will allocate playing time among the players to ensure each player have an opportunity to play their positions, however playing time may not be equally distributed among all players.

The coaches will look at many factors when allocating playing time in a match including but not limited to: performance, attitude and effort exhibited on the court during matches and practices, attendance at practice, the team’s need at the various functional positions, and creating the best match ups against an opponent.  Missed practices prior to a tournament will count against playing time in that tournament.

When considering the relative importance of playing time and how important playing time is to the value of the club experience, please try to keep things in perspective.  The primary individual benefit of club volleyball is the opportunity to learn and improve skills.  The overwhelming majority of hours and learning of skills takes place in practice.  This focused practice training is by far the greatest contributor to improving a player’s skill through the season.  We will coach ALL players equally diligently, not just the players receiving the most playing time.  Our goal is to raise the level of skills of each and every player on the team.

I have other commitments, how does this affect me?  

Playing club volleyball is a big commitment and may not be right for everyone.  In the end, only you can prioritize your time and activities in a way that is best for you.  Realize that volleyball is a team sport and in order to be a successful team, the team must practice being a team. This means that regular and consistent attendance at practices and tournaments is extremely important.  While we encourage everyone to take on as much as they are able to, be aware that sometimes life requires you to make some tough decisions.

How often are practices?  

Practices are held at least twice a week for 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours.  Some practices can start as early as 5:30 PM and ends as late as 9:45 PM.  

Where are your practice locations?  

The Club has secured the following facilities:  Hillsdale HS in San Mateo, Aragon HS in San Mateo, San Mateo HS and the San Mateo Event Center.

What are your club fees?  

Our club fees for the 2018-2019 club season for Power Team is $3,700.00; these teams will compete in the NCVA Power League, California Kickoff, and Far Western National Qualifier in Reno, NV.  For power teams that would like to attend the Colorado Crossroads in Denver, Pacific Northwest Qualifier in Spokane, WA, the SoCal Qualifier in Las Vegas or any other national qualifiers, their club fees will increase by an additional $300.00 per player per qualifier.  For power teams that are ranked in the top 2 divisions of their age group, they can also choose to play in additional tournament like the Bayview Classic at no extra cost to the parents.  The request will have to be made prior to the tournament deadline on May 1st of each year.

Our club fees for the 2018-2019 club season for 12's, 13's, 14's , 15's and 16's Premier (Area) league is $3,000.00; these teams will compete in the NCVA Premier/Area League along with the Spring Classic and Far Western National Qualifier in Reno, NV.

Our club fees for the 2018-2019 club season for the 17 Hybrid and 18 Hybrid is $2,500.00; this team will compete in the California Kickoff, SCVA Las Vegas Classic, Spring Classic and Far Western National Qualifier in Reno, NV.

What is included with the club fee?  

Included in the club fee is team registration for all Power League or Premier (Area) League Tournaments, including the California Kickoff (for Power teams and older Hybrid teams only), Presidents Day Tournament (optional tournament with added cost per family), the Las Vegas Classic and Golden State National Qualifier (for 17's and 18's Hybrid teams), Spring Classic (for Premier and some Power teams), Far Western National Qualifier, the Power League and Premier (Area) League Regional Tournaments and/or Bayview Classic (if a team met the criteria noted above). 

Also, because 650 Xtreme Volleyball Club does not own its own facility, the majority of your club dues are applied towards gymnasium and equipment rentals; player uniforms: each player will receive: two practice t-shirts, two playing jerseys, two spandex shorts, one team warm-ups, one back pack and one name tag; coaches salaries, per diems, hotels, airfares and car rentals if needed; coaching seminars, clinics and certifications; back ground checks; NCVA Memberships; balls, cart, first aid kit; overhead club costs; etc...

Are there any other fees?  

Due to a change by USAV, the NCVA is requesting each family to register their NCVA membership online at the NCVA website.  The annual membership fee is $70.00.  To attend tryouts, there is a $50.00 entry fee for one-day or $60.00 for two-day if registration is received by Wednesday, October 31st, on-site registration is $70.00, and a $20.00 tryout pass unless the annual membership is paid for prior to tryouts.

What is the NCVA?  

The Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) is the local branch of the USA Volleyball, servicing Northern California and Northern Nevada.  They are responsible for organizing most of the tournaments in which our teams will participate.  You can visit their website for more information at www.ncva.com.

How long are the seasons and when do they start and end?  

The girl’s season typically begins in early November when tryouts are held and concludes around mid-May.  Power teams have an option to qualify for the Girl's Junior National Championships and therefore, their season will end in early July.

The girl's Junior National Championships also take place in late June/early July.  Girl’s teams that try to qualify for the Junior National Championships compete in the NCVA Power League and also travel out of state to National Qualifiers to attempt to earn a bid to the Junior National Championships.

What are the Junior National Championships and how does a team get there?  

The Junior National Championships is a competition that matches the best teams from each region around the country competing against each other for a National Championship.  The winner in each age group is crowned the "national champion".

In order to get to the Junior National Championships, a team must either:

    Finish high enough at a National Qualifier to earn a bid.

    Finish high enough in points in your age group at the end of the Power League season to earn a region bid through the NCVA.


What is the Xtreme Juniors Program?  

Xtreme Juniors is designed for players who are either new to the sport and want to learn about playing volleyball or the young athlete who want to continue pursuing and playing volleyball without the time commitment that club volleyball requires.  There are no tryouts for this group and is open to all kids ages 7 to 16.

The primary goals of this program are to provide fundamental instructions on the various skills involved with volleyball but more importantly, for players to develop a love of this fastest growing sport and to have fun while doing so.  Additional information can be found here.

Our Xtreme Juniors program starts in early January and runs for 13 weeks.  Registration information is typically posted in early fall. 

In 2019, we will offer two different programs for our Xtreme Juniors kids:

1.  The cost to play on our Xtreme Juniors Practice team is $600.00.  The cost will cover gymnasium rentals; coach's stipend; balls, cart, first aid kit; one practice t-shirt; overhead club costs; etc...

2.  The cost to play on our
Xtreme Juniors tournament team with 1 full day of local non-league tournament play and 2 half day scrimmages is $800.00.  Players must be in the 5th grade or older to sign-up for this team.  The cost will cover team registration through the NCVA; two non-league tournaments; one half day scrimmage, one practice t-shirt; one uniform t-shirt; gymnasium rentals; coach's stipend; balls, cart, first aid kit; overhead club costs; etc...

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